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There’s Still Plenty of Room for Redevelopment on H Street


The redevelopment boom on H Street has yet to touch the Hechinger Mall, but a simple look at the land surrounding the sprawling property provides a glimpse at the scale of redevelopment that could come to H Street.

The big suburban-style strip mall, owned by Ashkenazy Acquisition Corp, is located where H Street meets Bladensburg and Benning roads and does robust business through stores including Ross and Dollar Tree. While the land is not unused, it’s definitely underused with stores that take up entire blocks, vast acres of unused parking and large internal streets that see little traffic. The mall and surrounding land is nearly the same size as the entire Union Market area and almost exactly the same size and shape as the center of Columbia Heights, Greater Greater Washington reports.

There is an extensive amount of redevelopment in the works for H Street, including MRP Realty’s 125-unit development at 315 H St, S2 Development’s four-story mixed-use at 1301 H St NE and Douglas Development’s mixed-use project at 501 H St NE to name a few. A simple look at the land around Hechinger Mall shows that the boom may not be slowing down anytime soon. [GGW]